August 26, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday for their regular session. (They will not be meeting next week as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month.)

Selectman Hiland reported the DOT has inspected five town bridges finding two red listed bridges. Three were inspected in August, 2015: one on Drake Hill South, one on Ferncroft Road and one on Passaconaway Road. Two bridges were inspected in October, 2015: one on Drake Hill North and the Albany Covered Bridge.

Kathy Vizard reported the assessor has completed his work and the results should be ready by Labor Day. She also told the selectmen that the town would use $200,000 in tax anticipated notes to pay bills. Additionally she reported that at this point ten packets of sealed bids have been issued for the Eastman property.

The selectmen voted to send Rick Hiland as their voting representative to the Municipal Association Conference on September 23.

The selectmen continued working on their “old business” items. They are awaiting another bid on the crash bars for the town hall meeting room. The town website will be updated in September. It was also decided that the survey of the town’s taxpayers as to whether to change to semi-annual billing would be sent along with this year’s tax bill.

Rick Hiland reported on the Eastern Slopes Airport meeting and BBQ. The airport is doing well and serves for the most part as a landing site for corporate jets. (The BBQ was good too.) Regarding the Conservation Commission, Selectman Hiland found that in their recent minutes no mention of the lease/contract with the farmers. He feels it is necessary for the Albany selectmen to speak with the Conway Assessor regarding the farmland use and thinks representatives from the Conservation Commission should also attend this meeting.  Once everything is settled with Conway, the decision as to the use of the farmland would be presented to the town’s people at the March Town Meeting.

 

Gibson Center: Call to schedule your trip to Two Lights & Lobster Shack for lunch on Wednesday, August 31 (or September 7). The trip is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $18.  On Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m there’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 11 a.m. with Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.

 

Congratulations to Sarah McKinnon, daughter or Scott and Kim McKinnon, who graduated from Kennett High School and is planning a career in film and radio. Best of luck to you Sarah!

 

Many Albany residents were left in the dark Monday evening and into early Tuesday morning due to an auto hitting a utility pole. The driver was arrested for DUI.  Undoubtably, many (like me) did not sleep well that night. After reporting the outage, and calling the utility company two more times, I was awakened in the very early morning asking whether my lights were back on.  It’s time for a generator!

 

The summer is quickly coming to an end.  Get out and enjoy what’s left.  Have a great week!

August 19, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday while the man from Pope Security was busily working on some fixes to the system that will automatically erase what was videoed after thirty days.  He finished his work during the meeting.

Kathy Vizard, Administrative Assistant, reported that the Right to Know class would be held at town hall on September 14. As directed she had advised neighboring towns of the class but so far only Tamworth has said they would attend. With elections coming, Kathy reported that she has been advised election inspectors for the Democrat and Republican  committees need to be appointed.  The selectmen voted to appoint Mary Leavitt and Dorothy Solomon (both Democratic Ballot Clerks) and Karen Menard (Republican Ballot Clerk) to the position.

Dana Jones, representing White Mountain Oil/Propane (Albany has purchased fuel from them for many years) came by to explain the billing programs for the coming season. The town has two accounts with them: fuel oil and propane. According to last year’s records, the town consumed approximately 600 gallons of oil and 300 gallons of propane. There are three means of pricing: open market, fixed price(pre-buy), and cap which gives the consumer the maximum cost but allows for it to go down.  This last price deal requires that the consumer pay an insurance fee.  After discussion, the selectmen decided to lock in the heating cost at the cap level. Mr. Jones advised consumers to go on-line to the official New Hampshire government website and look at the Office of Energy and Planning site for fuel prices. It can help in planning ahead for the heating season. He left the selectmen with a copy of the site’s information.

Conservation Commission members, Rob Nadler and Cort Hanson, came before the selectmen to discuss the Albany Forest land deals made with local farmers. They have contracted with the farmers for a multi-year use of the land. The farmers will maintain the property by mowing the pathway. The commission is awaiting state regulation information on leasing of land. They are investigating bringing power and water to the farmland and supplying storage facility for the farmers. The DOT buildings will be inspected to determine if they can be safely used. The selectmen advised that the Commission and select board both meet with the Conway Assessor and the Conway Planning Board chair to discuss the farming plans, as the farm is actually in Conway. Steve Knox inquired as to who was legally responsible for multi-year leasing of the farm land: the legislative body or the selectmen? There was no definitive answer to the question at the meeting.

Two companies are interested in the replacement of the town doors contract. The company supplying the new locks for the town will come by to give their estimate of cost.

The selectmen are looking at getting the DOT and Curtis Coleman to do an inspection of all bridges in Albany so that they can make long term plans for the repairs. Selectman Joe Ferris will follow through on the bridge work.

The selectmen will be presenting a questionaire for the town’s people regarding bi-annual taxation. Look for this either at election time or with your tax bill.

 

World Fellowship: Sunday, August 21 at 10 a.m. Liza Behrendt discusses Queer Politics & Jewish Palestine Solidarity. In the evening (7:30 p.m.) Chaumtoli Hug, a human rights attorney, speaks on Building Transnational Labor Solidarity. On Monday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Prof. Thomas Roach discusses Social Media: Virtual Communism or Opiate of the Masses? Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Dud Hendrick’s topic is Do We Have an Empathy Deficit?

 

Gibson Center: Join friends on a trip Saturday, August 27 to see Celtic Thunder. Call 356-3231 for reservations.

 

Library: Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 4 p.m. when the Family Garden Club meets.

 

The White Mountain Interpretive Association and the Forest Service plan to celebrate Pasaconaway Heritage Day on August 27 at the Russell Colbath House (on the Kancamagus Highway). It’s free and open to all. The programs go from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fifth Massachusetts Battery Light Artillery will put on a program. Bring a picnic lunch and join the fun.

 

Jackson Village Park hosts the White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival on August 20-21. A silent auction will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

We are getting some much needed rain, but it doesn’t spoil our lovely summer. Get out and enjoy! Have a great week!

 

 

August 12, 2016

The selectmen met on Wednesday and dealt with several issues. Selectman Hiland noted that members of several boards are interested in attending a workshop on Right To Know. It was suggested that Kathy Vizard contact other select boards around the area to see if they too have people interested in such a workshop.  Perhaps this might mitigate the costs associated with this workshop.

Norman Tragenza, candidate for District 7 Representative, came before the selectmen to advise them of his run and what he felt most adamant about.  One of his ideas was to reduce the number of state regulations. He asked what the selectmen were interested in and left his telephone number should the selectmen have any special needs.

He was followed by a visit from Curtis Coleman discussing the red listed bridges and town roads. Though the bridges could not immediately be completely fixed, they could be posted to avoid problems.  Additionally, Selectman Hiland suggested that the town apply to the state for aid in making the needed improvements of these bridges.  The state will pay 80 percent of the costs if approved. Curtis also spoke of road repairs.  For this more funds are needed.  This will be brought up at the next Town Meeting.  Additionally it was suggested bonding for these roads.

Rick Hiland reported that the Planning Board has approved the work to be done at World Fellowship. Cathy Ryan attended a Cemetery Committee Meeting where there was discussion regarding modernization of the properties.

Steve Knox questioned the selectmen about the road worthiness of motor homes in the town.  They will look into this.

The town is accepting bids on the sale of property located on West Main Street Ext. All bids must be received by September 5 at noon. Bids will be opened September 7 at 4:15 p.m. and read aloud at that meeting. This is a tax sale and is being sold without a warranted deed or condition of property. The successful bidder will receive a Quit Claim Deed.  A bid packet may be picked up at the Albany Selectmen’s Office.

 

Remember that Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is September 18 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Conway Transfer Station.  There is a strict 10 gallon limit per household. Contractors can make arraignments prior to this event.

Check the door at Town Hall for ballot samples of the upcoming (September 13) Primary.  All of the candidates for each party are noted.

 

World Fellowship: On Sunday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Christine DeTroy who grew up in Hitler’s Germany will speak about “Remembering: Years of Hiding Behind Silence”. On Monday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tammy Shapiro will talk about “How Decentralized , Smart Movement Networks Can Help Us Build the Future”. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. join the discussion about Post-Disaster Climate Justice Organizing.

 

Gibson Center: Call (356-3231) to sign up for the Tuesday, August 16 trip to Old Orchard Beach to see the “Downeasters” a barbershop group. The bus leaves the Center at 2:30 p.m. and/or on August 17 take the bus to the coast for a Portland Sunset Lighthouse Cruise.  Meet at the Center at 2 p.m.

 

Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones.  At 6 p.m. the Teen Writers Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.

 

Congratulations to Emily Mathieu named to the Dean’s List at Keene State College.

 

The USFS is offering lessons for skating groups in basic skills, free skating skills, hockey skills, etc. Sign up is being held now through August 30.  Call 739-5467 for further information.

 

On August 13 the Fourth Annual Mountain Side Summer Music Festival at Attitash offers free entertainment from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the Base Lodge.  Bring your own chair.

 

We are officially in a heat wave. Drink lots of water, and enjoy the warmth while it’s here.  Have a great week!

 

August 5, 2016

The selectmen’s office will be closed on Monday, August 8.

 

The selectmen met on Wednesday and completed updating the town’s Rules and Procedures by which they operate. The security video policy was also accepted.

The joint meeting of the selectmen and the Conservation Commission was held on Tuesday. The selectmen felt it had gone very well.  They spoke about the farmers’ leases. They discussed the need to work with the Conway boards since the farmland was actually in Conway. Selectman Rick Hiland, having spoken with Mark McConkey, plans to meet with the other two state representatives, Susan Ticehurst and Ed Butler and perhaps Jeb Bradley regarding these leases, though he thinks he might wait until after the November elections to make sure he speaks with those who can actually help with issues regarding the farmland.

Selectman Hiland will also meet with business representatives from Albany and the North Country Council in late September to help businesses in our town.

There are several upcoming events that may be of interest to Albany residents. On September 27 the NH Municipal Association will hold their budget meeting in Bartlett. Eastern Slopes Airport will hold it’s annual meeting on August 19 followed by a BBQ. All are invited.

The Planning Board will meet on August 8 at 7 p.m. for a hearing on World Fellowship’s expansion.  They are adding cabins, a rest room and shower house.

 

Add this to your calendar: the Conway Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be Saturday, September 17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conway Transfer Station on East Conway Road. There is a strict 10 gallon limit per household. (Local contractors cannot transport waste to this event. Call 447-3811 ext. 123 for contractor information.)

 

World Fellowship: Call 447-2280 for tickets to the Thomas Rodriquez Trio playing Venezuelan and Cuban folk music.

 

Gibson Center: There is a fundraiser benefiting Meals on Wheels at Flatbreads on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-9 p.m. On August 10 board the bus at 8 a.m. for a trip to St.Gauden’s. Saint-Garden was a prolific sculpture a century ago and some of his work is featured on the grounds of his family home, now a national park. Bring a bag lunch or pick up something at the rest stop. Call (365-3231) to sign up for the trip. The cost is $36.

 

Library: Monday at 5 p.m. is Adult Spanish Instruction. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. the Summer Reading finale has Steve Blunt in a musical performance. At 6 p.m. the Teen writing Group meets.  On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets. At noon on Friday the summer reading program ends.

 

Saturday is Art in the Park at Schouler Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for beautiful artworks created by talented local artists.

 

It’s going to be a lovely summer weekend.  Get out and enjoy!  Have a great week.